Hazel Lee Harrison Williams, age 86, of Jacksonville, Florida, departed this life on May 11, 2019, with her family by her side, after bravely battling Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s for several years. Hazel was born on November 25, 1932 in Laurel, Mississippi, to the late Zack and Ruby Harrison. After High School Hazel moved to Jacksonville, Florida to look for work, and there met her husband to be, James Frank Williams. After their marriage two sons, Ernest Ray Williams and Jack Leonard Williams, were welcomed into the family.
Hazel loved the outdoors and instilled a passion for fishing in her two sons. For many years the family spent memorable hours together fishing and preparing fried fish feasts.
Hazel was preceded in death by her beloved husband Frank. Throughout their marriage Frank was a member of the U.S. Navy and Hazel was a loyal Navy Wife throughout his career. Hazel was an excellent cook, and a happy and outgoing person. Anyone who met her instantly felt her warmth and joy. She invited many young Navy recruits, who were unable to travel to see their own families during holidays, to their home for holiday meals in a family atmosphere. It was her gift which she shared with many people during her lifetime. When Frank was given assignment to Taiwan, she packed up the family and they all lived in Taiwan until Frank was sent back to the Jacksonville Naval Air Station to complete his career in the Navy
Once her children were grown, Hazel turned her attention to activities that gave her an outlet for her boundless energy and love for people. During the day she sat with people who needed extra help in their home. Each one of these folks became her “extended family”. Next, she volunteered to work at the Hospice Thrift Shop. She loved greeting visitors to the shop and helping sort donations. Last, but certainly not least, Hazel loved to garden. Her yard was her passion. She had a green thumb and loved filling her yard with all kinds of flowering plants and shrubs. Grudgingly, she finally had to hire a helper to mow the grass and weed the flower beds.
Hazel is survived by her two sons (Ernest & Jack), one daughter-in-law (Ann), two grandchildren (Frank Q. Williams & Jeannie L. Miller), one step-grand-daughter (Jenifer Rodriguez), one grand-daughter-in-law (Danielle) and two great grandchildren (Chloe & Carson). Hazel’s family would all agree that as a mother she was like glue. Even when you couldn’t see her, she was holding the family together.
During this time of transition, the Family wishes to thank the following institutions for their skilled and loving care provided to Hazel up to and including her passing from this life: Taylor Manor, Taylor Care, and Community Hospice of Jacksonville. Also, thanks are extended to family and friends who sustained her with visits, phone calls, and cards.
A Service of Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 beginning at 10:30 AM at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator 501 NE Cholokka, Blvd, Micanopy, FL. Following the service, all are invited to share in light refreshments with the Williams family in the fellowship hall. Following the events at the Episcopal Church there will be a brief service of interment at the Micanopy Cemetery 401 W. Smith Avenue, Micanopy at 1:00 PM.
A Celebration of Hazel’s life will be held at her home on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Guests are invited to drop by and visit with the family and share a special story you have about Hazel. Light refreshments will be served. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Hazel’s name to: Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring Community Hospice & Palliative Care 4266 Sunbeam Road Jacksonville, Florida 32257. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352-376-5361). www.milamfh.com